A Calgary roof Inspection
Today I want to chat briefly about why I feel it is so important to make sure that your home inspector is actually going to walk on your roof. The other day, I was doing a home inspection in Calgary, immediately I could tell this home was very well looked after. I chatted with the owner of the house, who had lived here since it was built, 10 years ago and he very honestly told me everything he knew was wrong with the home and all the repairs he had done. So, I felt confident this home inspection was going to go well.
As I always do, I set up my ladder and stepped on to the roof, even though it seemed unnecessary to do so because i already did a walk around the property and inspected the roof from the ground. The shingles were in great shape and I really just wanted to inspect the roof penetrations (chimney, vent stacks, attic vents, etc) and move on to inspect the inside of the house. Well, as I looked over toward the chimney, I noticed this…
…a missing shingle tab. This was in an area of the roof that was hidden and not visible from the street, or while standing on a ladder at the eaves. This is obviously an issue and a defect because its a serious point of water entry. If I was like the many other inspectors out there that don’t walk on all roofs, I too would have missed this. The owner did not know this shingle was missing. I wonder how many inspectors in Calgary don’t walk on roofs and why they feel this is acceptable.
I do recommend that every roof be physically inspected every couple of years. This minimizes the chance that your roof has defects that go undetected. If it is not possible to walk on the roof, the next best inspection method is to inspect from the eaves, with binoculars, mirrors, inspection cameras, flashlights etc. In addition to walking on the roof, inspecting your attic by physically going up into the attic is also a very important way to recognize potential water intrusion.
Winter in Calgary may limit the ability to inspect properly
Now, all is great in summer, you just have to make sure you hire a home inspector that actually walks on all roofs. But there are certain things (weather) that can stop an inspector from doing this. When you hire a home inspector, make sure you both agree how the roof inspection will take place.
What I like to do if i can not inspect by walking on the roof is take a snow brush up to the eaves with me and brush off a large sample area. I repeat this step on the solar and shady side of the roof, you would be amazed what the sun can do to a roof. If possible, I like to brush snow away from the chimney so I can inspect the flashing.
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